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Gboard beta is now more Material You than ever before

Gboard beta is now more Material You than ever before

As we get closer to the official launch of Android 12, Google is updating more of its apps to support all of its new Material You themes. Gboard was one of the first to receive a makeover, with its fresh color scheme now available to anyone running the latest Android beta. However, it seems like the look isn't quite complete yet, as new Material You elements are on the way in an upcoming release.

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Brave Browser lives up to its name, picks one more fight with Google

Brave Browser lives up to its name, picks one more fight with Google

The privacy-focused browser Brave has just unveiled its new video conferencing platform Brave Talk after a year-long beta phase, built on top of the open-source video meeting platform Jitsi. Like its other products such as Brave Search and News, it's meant to be as private as possible and can only be fully used through the Brave Browser.

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WhatsApp is letting you easily identify your group chats

WhatsApp is letting you easily identify your group chats

You might be in a bunch of groups on WhatsApp with each of them serving different people, different purposes, just everything different. How you feel about each of them will vary. With that in mind, the app is developing a way for users to quickly create a group icon.

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Listen up: Google Podcasts now has a Material You interface

Listen up: Google Podcasts now has a Material You interface

It took Google a long time to include a podcast app on Android by default, eventually building one directly into its mobile search application. It's become surprisingly popular thanks to its ease of use and free accessibility, and it's about to look a whole lot better too. Fresh off of some changes to its core UI, Google Podcasts is next up for its Material You makeover, and it's looking pretty spiffy if we do say so ourselves.

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Google Messages' Material You design makes it to beta (APK Download)

Google Messages' Material You design makes it to beta (APK Download)

After Google Calendar, Keep, Docs, Sheets, and Slides, it is now Google Messages' turn to get a Material You revamp. The latest Messages v9.7 beta update introduces a new Material You-inspired design, though it clearly looks like a work in progress.

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Chrome 94 introduces Material You interface and controversial idle detection (APK Download)

Chrome 94 introduces Material You interface and controversial idle detection (APK Download)

It may seem like Google has only just released Chrome 93 to the stable channel, but with the company's faster four-week release cycle, stable Chrome 94 is now already available for download. You can get it over at APK Mirror or wait until it rolls out to you on the Play Store. Even though only four weeks have passed, the new release packs quite a few interface updates and changes under the hood.

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PayPal's fancy new app isn't going to solve any of its problems

PayPal's fancy new app isn't going to solve any of its problems

We're living in a digital age, and so are our finances. And PayPal is, by far, one of the most used digital wallets worldwide, even with all its problems: it allows users to easily receive and send payments, whether you're just sending money to a friend or even if you're buying something online. Having been around since 1999 and quickly becoming the most used payment method on eBay in the early 2000s, it remains one of the most feature-rich digital wallets in the world, especially in the US. Now PayPal is launching a new version of its mobile app, full of improvements.

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Heads up: Slack is repeatedly signing people out of the mobile app

Heads up: Slack is repeatedly signing people out of the mobile app

It's just about the end of the workday for some of us, but if you're having trouble with staying signed in on your company's Slack workspace from a phone, you aren't alone. In fact, some of us here at Android Police are running into the same issue. Thankfully, Slack is aware of the issue and currently investigating the cause. (You still probably have to finish your work today, though.)

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Google makes it easier to find the stuff you left all over the web

Google makes it easier to find the stuff you left all over the web

One of the many things that set Google's search capabilities apart from the rest is its excellent personalized results. While that might make some users feel a little unsure about their privacy, it does make for a more accurate search engine. If you're not interested in having your results customized and tailored to your history, Google has added a new toggle in its app to disable it altogether.

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VLC media player revitalizes its Android Auto app in latest update

VLC media player revitalizes its Android Auto app in latest update

No matter the device, VLC is pretty much essential for all of your video, audio, and streaming needs. It's always one of the first apps I download when setting up a new computer, and it keeps getting better with each new update. It's been more than two months since we saw VLC 3.4 hit beta, but it's finally ready for primetime.

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